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Guaranteed results

You only pay if we find the right fit. And I stand behind my placements with a 60 day guarantee!

Hire with confidence

I'll support negotiations and provide insights and support so you can hire your new Chief of Staff with confidence.

Find your ideal fit

I'll suggest target profiles and review qualified prospects to find the best fit for your role and culture. I’ll handle the heavy lifting.

Build a partnership

Through an intro call, we’ll discuss your Chief of Staff needs in order to fully understand what skills, backgrounds, and attributes you're looking for in this pivotal role.

Why executives turn to Ask a Chief of Staff

Concrete knowledge of the role

Having been a Chief of Staff myself (at a Series A - B company) and talked to hundreds of executives and Chiefs of Staff, I know what makes an effective Chief of Staff and can find you the right fit.

A network that delivers results

Ask a Chief of Staff has a thriving community that enables quick sourcing of top quality candidates for you.

Support the interview process

From screening to hiring, I'll run tailored searches for the criteria you're looking for and also support your interview process along the way, from first screens to take homes to final offers.

Clara Ma

CEO and Founder of Ask a Chief of Staff

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Testimonials &


  • Lee Markison

    Chief of Staff at Hyphen

    Clara is an incredible community builder. When I approached her on LinkedIn to learn more about the On Deck Chief of Staff fellowship she was a wealth of knowledge on everything a Chief of Staff can accomplish. Her passion for all that a CoS can do made me want to learn more about the career path and she not only welcomed me to her network but also conducted outreach on my behalf. When she learned about my interest in sustainable healthy food and robotics she immediately connected me with Stephen Klein - CEO of Hyphen and former On Deck Fellow. Thanks to Clara I have a truly rewarding role as a Chief of Staff for a company I believe in. I am glad to now be a part of Clara’s community to help others in any way I can.

  • Arjun Mahadevan

    CEO of doola

    Clara was a huge help for doola in finding our Chief of Staff. From advising on the job description to the take home exercise and chatting to final stage candidates to get them over the offer line, she was able to provide a level of insight into the Chief of Staff recruiting process that we wouldn't otherwise have. Would highly recommend working with her to fill any open Chief of Staff positions your org might have.

  • Samantha Vrcic

    Chief of Staff

    Clara is a brilliant, kind, and compassionate person. Her ability to successfully match CoS with companies is impeccable. I highly recommend working with Clara if you are looking at the next steps. I believe Clara's talent is being able to guide/work with all levels of CoS. Whether you are currently in another position looking to make the switch, mid-level, or senior, she will be able to guide and support you in the right direction!

  • Matt Tait

    CEO of Decimal

    Clara was a huge help in finding a Chief of Staff. She was extremely knowledgeable and well connected. I couldn't have done it without her help.

  • Christopher J Toleno

    Strategy Associate at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    Clara is extremely knowledgeable, compassionate, and personable. She supported me during my search and was one of the best recruiters I’ve ever worked with. She spent time to learn about my background, interests, and experiences to identify opportunities that aligned with my career progression. Clara utilized a very thoughtful approach…

    I highly recommend COS seekers to utilize Clara’s services and expertise for placement/hiring needs.

  • Kevin Bassney

    Vice President at The Asia Group

    Clara was incredibly helpful throughout the job search process, sending me qualified opportunities. I can't recommend her enough for anyone interested in Chief of Staff opportunities.

  • Pamela Lee

    Former Chief of Staff at Bank Street College of Education

    Clara helped connect me with a wonderful candidate as I was supporting my previous organization in finding their next Chief of Staff. This has been an endeavor that's really special to me since I previously held that role and care deeply about setting up my previous team for success. The team is so excited about our new hire! thank you, Clara :)

  • Lissy Alden

    Founder and CEO of MYNDY

    Clara is an absolute pleasure to work with! She helped me through the process of hiring a Chief of Staff with expertise and wisdom. It is tremendous having someone like this on your side during such a crazy and important time. Her specialized and enthusiastic support for such a complex and important role is essential! Highly recommend working with Clara to those looking for a Chief of Staff!

  • Abhi Panigrahi

    Chief of Staff at Tellius

    Clara helped me find a Chief of Staff role at a super exciting company. She is extremely thoughtful, dedicated, and efficient - easily one of the best recruiters I've had the chance to interact with! She gave great advice throughout the process and in particular during the offer negotiation phase. Can't recommend her enough!

  • Greg Bybee

    Founder and CEO of Avela

    10/10 Would Recommend working with her if you are looking to recruit or train a new Chief of Staff, Executive Assistant, or other Business Operations professional. Clara was very helpful in our recent search for a Chief of Staff, and incredibly generous to open up her network to us. She has extraordinary subject-matter expertise and probably the strongest CoS network of anyone I know. She also runs a number of programs to train Chiefs of Staff, which would be a great offering when you do hire someone to help them get up to speed and remain current on best practices.

  • Samantha Perkins

    Business Operations Lead at Warmly

    Clara helped me find a wonderful BizOps role at a company I’m super excited about! She really listened to me when I described what I was looking for in my next role, both personally and professionally, and she introduced me to several companies and founders, checking in with me throughout my interview process. I am so grateful for her help in this recent job search! The job market felt scary for Ops/People Ops professionals, and her help was invaluable. Highly highly recommend!

  • Nicki Disz

    Chief of Staff at Edgio

    Clara has both skill and passion for connecting executives with Chief of Staff talent and I highly recommend her services to either side. She is a relationship builder, thought leader, and overall joy to work with - I'm excited to continue following her success!

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